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Steel Roof for your Home
Is a Steel Roof a Good Option for Your Home?
Most of the houses you’ve lived in have probably had traditional roofs that use shingles, but did you know you can have a metal roof made out of steel? There are a number of reasons why you may want to have a steel roof instead of one made from asphalt. If you’ve never considered a steel roof before, you might change your mind after learning about these advantages.
They Last Longer
Steel roofs have a very long lifespan—in fact, steel roofs can last for 50 years or more if they’re made from quality metal and are installed correctly. Traditional asphalt roofs, on the other hand, may only last ten years or so. Steel won’t be damaged by water snow, fire, insects, or anything else. It can even stand up to a good amount of weight, to very high winds, and to lightning strikes. If you’re looking for a roof that will stand the tests of time and weather, steel is a great choice.
When you say steel roof, many people think they will need to reinforce their house to hold up such a large amount of weight, but steel roofing is actually lighter than tile roofing! A tile roof can weigh around 750 pounds per 100 square feet, while steel roofs weigh on average around 100 pounds per 100 square feet. It’s actually possible in some cases to put metal roofing down over an existing roof without needing to add any extra structural supports.
They’re Easy and Quick to Install
Steel roofing is very quick and easy to install because it comes in large sections that can measure up to 36 inches wide. This means that your steel roof could be installed in a few days, while traditional shingles take longer. If your roof is damaged in a storm and there’s more bad weather on the way, a steel roof is definitely your best bed. You also save money because it takes less time.
They Can Save you Money in the Long Run
A steel roof is actually very energy efficient because the metal reflects the sun’s rays, making the home easier to cool. The fact that they will also last two or three times as long as a traditional roof (or longer) is another great cost-saving feature. The one downside here is that they’re more expensive upfront, but if you don’t have to replace your roof every decade or so, you’ll definitely come out ahead.